M’sian property projects win global real estate awards

KUALA LUMPUR: Six Malaysian property projects won five gold and one silver at the 2020 FIABCI World Prix d’Excellence Awards.

The gold award winners are Gamuda City in Vietnam (Master Plan Category) by Gamuda Land; KL Eco City (Office) by SP Setia; Melawati Mall (Retail) by Sime Darby Property/CapitaLand; Plaza Arkadia (Mixed-Use Development) by Perdana ParkCity; and Mangala Resort & Spa (Resort) by Franky Land.

Pangsapuri Kasturi (Affordable Housing) by Johor Land won the silver.

The International Real Estate Federation, known by its French acronym FIABCI, posted the results on its Facebook page yesterday.

This year’s awards saw 33 winners – 16 gold and 17 silver – from around the world. Besides Malaysia, the particpants were from Hungary, Panama, the Netherlands, Taiwan, Indonesia, Singapore and Vietnam.

Newly-appointed FIABCI World Prix d’Excellence Awards Committee President Dr Yu Kee Su said this year’s competition was un-usually close with joint winners in several categories contested for both the gold and silver awards.

“The projects submitted for judging are getting better every succeeding year, raising the benchmark of excellence, ” he said.

FIABCI world president Florentino Dulalia said the beauty of an excellent project lies within detailed and meticulous planning incorporating design and architecture, nature conservation and sustainability.

“The final creation shall benefit society in making the world a better place to live in the largest scale possible, ” he said.

FIABCI Malaysia president Michael Geh said property developments in the country had received international recognition because of the high product quality and attractive architecture with more than a touch of green.

“Malaysian developers raised the bar in developing properties which have consistently fared very well in international property competitions.”

Geh said all world winners were themselves adjudged the best developments in their own countries before the international level.

In FIABCI competitions, size does not matter because the judging process evaluates the overall marks scored, and not just how much the investment is.

“Local developers who are passionate about their boutique projects can submit entries for the coming FIABCI Malaysia Property Award. Previous winners are not big companies and projects; many boutique developments have won and went on to achieve international recognition, ” Geh said.

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